Almost a quarter of Australian children and adolescents are now classed as either overweight or obese. That poses a serious public health concern, especially since childhood weight problems often continue into adulthood, increasing the risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes, asthma and orthopaedic problems. Research conducted at UWA estimates that up to 80 per cent of children with weight problems have mothers who are either overweight or obese. UWA researchers are now trying to tackle the obesity epidemic from a new angle – by targeting treatment at overweight mothers of overweight children.
Another academic year is now with us. 2007 is the Chinese Year of the Pig and I am reliably informed that pig people love to read and are generally thirsty for knowledge. Sounds exactly like the type of student that comes to study science at UWA so our 2007 intake should be an exceptionally good one. The 2006 students performed very well, fifty seven undergraduates and thirty four honours students had academic achievements high enough to warrant a Dean’s Letter of Congratulation. Some of our high flying students in the Advanced Science program are showing their abilities to overseas universities (Queen’s University, Canada; Oxford University, England; Sheffield University, England and Kobe University, Japan).
Western Australia is one of two sites short-listed to house the world's most advanced radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which could answer some of the big questions fundamental to our understanding of the universe. UWA's School of Physics is at the forefront of the bid to win this international project.
Some may consider that spending your day conducting cutting-edge research in plant energy biology is quite an exhausting task. Staff from The Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology have realised, that they have extra energy to burn in the name of team spirit!
On Sunday March 11th there will be a new force to reckon with, as Plant Energy Biology's Team Green Machine hits the corporate triathlon scene at the annual BRW/BP Ultimate Corporate Triathlon at Langley Park.
On Wednesday 22nd November 2006, the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences was delighted to host a dinner in honour of a generous contribution made to the Faculty by Mrs Marjorie Le Souef. Her gift will enable the endowment in perpetuity of an Academic Chair in Tropical Microbiology.
Newly appointed Professor of Science Education, Grady Venville, is facing a tough challenge in her new role at UWA.
"I want to train science graduates to become inspiring school teachers, so their students will love science and choose to study it at UWA. It's a bit like the chicken and the egg, isn't it? Which comes first, the good teachers or the good students?"
On 10th March the next intake of students to our science programmes offered by PSB Academy in Singapore will commence their studies. There are currently over 350 students in our programmes in Singapore. As a result of their expanding operations, TÜV SÜD PSB Corporation Pte Ltd are building a new campus at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee (Delta Campus) which will complement the premises already at Jalan Bukit Merah (Henderson Campus).
Residencies, exhibitions, workshops and conferences are just some of the activities of SymbioticA – the collaborative research laboratory in art and science at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.